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Question: Question about hemorrhoids

 spiritedeye - Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:50 pm


I've been searching around on the internet, but can't seem to find a site to answer my question.

Do external piles swell during a bowel movement, and then go back down shortly afterwards? My dad has internal hemorrhoids, and he said that's why they tell you not to strain, because it will make it bigger. Is this correct? If so, are piles the only thing that swells during a bowel movement, and then shrinks back down again?

Any help would be great. Thanks :)
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:14 am

User avatar Hi spiritedeye,
Hemorrhoids do tend to swell and then decrease in size especially in people that have hard bowel movements or are constipated. General measures to decrease flare ups and aggravation are increase dietary fiber found in fruits, vegetables, grains and cereals. A fiber supplement may also be used. Increase water intake. These measure may soften the bowel movements and prevent straining and trauma.
 spiritedeye - Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:24 pm

Thank you, Rntdj :)

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